With a full show tonight, I'd like to spend some time debating what fans want/expect from their team's announcers.
During the 12th inning Monday night, Zack Cozart made a throwing error on Denard Span's bunt. Marty said the following on air:
“Honest to goodness, we've seen more bad decisions in the last few days. You truly wonder about the baseball intellect of some of these players wearing a Reds uniform.”
I tweeted that comment, just after Marty said it, and I've been stunned by the reaction. I've received Tweets, emails, Facebook postings and comments on my blog. The general theme has been that Marty can be too critical of the team and players.
Emailer Susan told me Vin Scully 'would never saying anything like that during a Dodgers game, or be critical of the team, he has too much class".
What do you want from your team's announcers?
Do you want your announcers being homers?
Do you want them sugar coating and filtering things they describe about your team? Should they protect the home team and players?
Or, do you want them calling the game and performances as they see it?
A couple of years ago, the Wall Street Journal did this study about local TV broadcasters and their level of on-air bias towards their team.
What do you want from your team's announcers? Comment below.
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10: Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Reds take on the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the National League Division Series at the Great American Ball Park on October 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)